Crime & Justice

Westminster police officer, state prison guard arrested for raping woman at gunpoint

A Westminster police officer and a state prison guard, arrested Saturday night on suspicion of raping a woman at gunpoint in Fontana, were locked up today and awaiting arraignment in San Bernardino County.

Officer Anthony Nicholas Orban, 30, and prison guard Jeff Thomas Jelinek were arrested by Ontario police after Orban allegedly left his gun in the victim's car, and the woman reported the crime, Ontario police Sgt. Dave McBride said.

The woman, 25, told police she was leaving work at Ontario Mills mall and getting into her car when she was confronted by two men later identified as Orban and Jelinek.

Orban forced his way in through the passenger side, while Jelinek kept watch, McBride said.

Jelinek stayed in the mall parking lot, and Orban ordered the woman at gunpoint to drive north on the Ontario (15) Freeway, the sergeant said.

Orban had her exit at Baseline Road and park on the east side of the freeway in Fontana, where he raped her at gunpoint, McBride alleged.

The suspect ran away, but left behind his department-issued gun, the sergeant said.

The woman ran to a nearby business and called Fontana police, but Ontario police took over the investigation because the alleged crime began in that city, McBride said.

Orban allegedly called Jelinek to pick him up in Fontana and drive him back to the shopping center parking lot. When Jelinek arrived, Orban called his wife and told her he had lost his gun, McBride said. Orban's wife then called Ontario police and reported the weapon missing, according to McBride.

Ontario police concluded that Orban's and Jelinek's statements were "inconsistent and somewhat suspicious," McBride said.

At the same time, detectives investigating the woman's report of being raped found Orban's gun in her car and determined that the officers matched her description of her assailants, he said.

The victim later identified Orban and Jelinek as the culprits, McBride said. Both were off-duty and neither is believed to have called himself a police officer, the sergeant said.

Ontario police, who suspect there may be other victims, asked anyone with more information to call police at (909) 395-2908.

Orban, a Westminster police officer for about five years, was put on paid leave pending the outcome of the case, department spokesman Officer Van Woodson said.

Jelinek, with the Department of Corrections for about four years, most recently at the Chino prison, was also put on paid leave, according to McBride.

Orban was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and carjacking, and Jelinek was booked on suspicion of carjacking and as an accessory to the crime.

Both were being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Ontario police, who suspect there may be other victims, asked anyone with more information to call police at (909) 395-2908.